Star Wars Racing for Topps: X-Wing
“I was originally shooting for a seventies, Motor Trend magazine cover feeling here, using reference of Luke in his pilot’s helmet, which has always reminded me of a Formula One racing helmet. I struggled with some compositional issues for awhile before finally realizing that my problem was Luke,” says artist Russell Walks.
“Each of the other pieces in the series focused on the vehicle, rather than the character, and it occurred to me that it might make sense to drop Luke and simply concentrate on that awesome helmet.”
The result is on this side. While Walks liked this image, he felt it didn’t fit with the other cards he’d already created - Hence his next (the third, for those of you counting), much simpler attempt, which drops both the helmet and the seventies theme, and, to his eye at least, belongs with the other cards in the series.